The 2010 bowl matchups are finally all set. For the next month, the 2010 bowl matchups will generate their share of thrillers, and likely their share of duds. Of course, since the final showdown is the only one that really counts, fans will spend all their time going over that one. However, there are 34 more games to get through before Oregon vs Auburn, so viewers hope for something good in the meantime. Yet more than a few 2010 bowl matchups could be set to deliver just that.
The first enticing showdown may come in the Maaco on December 22, as two traditional BCS busters square off. Of course, Boise State had dreams of busting it again, but now they have to settle for facing Utah – the only other mid-major to win two BCS games.
The other enticing 2010 bowl matchups before New Years include several big names – although many were obviously disappointing. Iowa’s dream of a Big Ten title has given way to a berth in the Insight Bowl, on December 28 against Michigan. Arizona takes a four game losing streak to the Alamo against Oklahoma State, while scandal ridden North Carolina and Tennessee collide in the Music City.
New Years Eve brings a renewal of a bitter 80’s rivalry, as Notre Dame takes on Miami in the Sun. The Irish got in by winning three straight, while the Hurricanes’ poor finish already cost Randy Shannon his job. The calendar year ends in the Chick-fil-A, as Florida State and South Carolina meet after their conference championship losses on Saturday.
After that, the 2010 bowl matchups give way to those in 2011, as the major bowls get under way. The best non-BCS clash is expected to be Michigan State vs Alabama in the Capital One, while Penn State and Florida collide in the Outback. Michigan and Denard Robinson salvaged a bid in the Gator, against Mississippi State.
In the meantime, the BCS will finally get started, with the highly anticipated TCU-Wisconsin Rose Bowl, and the sure-to-be mocked Oklahoma-Connecticut battle in the Fiesta. But as the BCS unfolds, other games will be carried out as well.
The Cotton will have Texas A&M battle LSU, while the last of the 2010 bowl matchups before Oregon vs Auburn has BCS buster Nevada. For keeping Boise State out of the BCS, Nevada gets to be in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, against Boston College.
After that, all of the undercards will be over with, and the Ducks and Tigers will finally light things up. By then, college football fans will have a lot of new thrilling memories, or so they hope. Some of the bowl matchups in 2010 and 2011 seem more likely to do that than others, although a few others could always come from nowhere.
Sports Illustrated- “2010-11 Bowl Schedule”